7th Circuit Rehears Hively Case

We recently took a close look at Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, a case where the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals extensively deconstructed the history of Title VII litigation as it pertains to sexual orientation. Ultimately, the Court found against Ms. Hively, even though it noted that it accepted and commended the EEOC’s analysis. …

Supreme Court To Decide First Case On Transgender Rights

On October 28, the Supreme Court agreed to take up its first case on the issue of transgender rights, involving students’ ability to access school bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The justices accepted a petition by the School Board of Gloucester County, Virginia to review an order issued last April by the Fourth …

Boston And Worcester Receive Perfect Scores On LGBTQ Equality

Earlier this week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation published its fifth annual Municipal Equality Index, a report that assesses cities and towns throughout the country on how inclusive their laws are to the LGBTQ community. Both Boston and Worcester, the first and second largest cities in New England, received perfect scores of 100 this year.

Biology Not Required to Establish Parentage

Today, in the landmark decision of Partanen v. Gallagher, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a woman may establish herself as a child’s presumptive parent even in the absence of a biological relationship with the child. I previously wrote about the history of the parties, their positions and oral arguments before the Court. To establish …